Court Begins Former Pension Chairman Maina’s Trial In His Absence

Court Begins Former Pension Chairman Maina’s Trial In His Absence.

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday commenced the trial of a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team , Abdulrasheed Maina , in his absence.

Maina , who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on N2 bn money laundering charges , had last attended court on July 2 , 2020 , during the
cross- examination of the sixth prosecution witness by his legal team.

He had however failed to attend subsequent proceedings since September 29 , 2020 , prompting the judge, Justice Okon Abang, to adjudge him as having jumped bail in a ruling
delivered on November 18 , 2020 .

The judge in the November 18 ruling , revoked the bail earlier granted him , ordered his arrest , and directed that his trial would proceed in his
absence .

On Monday, the judge ordered the remand of Maina’s bail surety , Senator Ali Ndume , until he is able to produce the fleeing defendant in
court or pay the N500 m bail bond to the Federal Government.

Maina was again absent at the resumed hearing in the case on Tuesday.

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